Today, virtually every area of life depends on a cyber infrastructure that is vulnerable to attack. According to a recent report by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, sensitive U.S. military and civilian networks have been “deeply penetrated, multiple times, by other nation-states,” and hackers employed by terrorist and criminal organizations are a constant and serious menace. In an August 2010 survey by Symantec, of 1580 private businesses in industries such as energy, banking, health care, and other areas of critical infrastructure, more than half reported politically motivated cyber attacks, averaging 10 attacks in the past 5 years.
Computer security experts say the United States faces a radical shortage of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals who can prevent and combat such attacks. One federal official has estimated that there are only 1000 cybersecurity experts in the United States who have the deep technical knowledge required to safeguard national security; tens of thousands are needed, he believes.
Read on at Science Careers (05/12/10)